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Capel Ebenezer

A Grade II Listed Building in Clynnog, Gwynedd

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Latitude: 53.0222 / 53°1'19"N

Longitude: -4.3616 / 4°21'41"W

OS Eastings: 241700

OS Northings: 349819

OS Grid: SH417498

Mapcode National: GBR 5D.FNYX

Mapcode Global: WH43Y.Z97G

Entry Name: Capel Ebenezer

Listing Date: 15 September 1999

Last Amended: 15 September 1999

Grade: II

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 22358

Building Class: Religious, Ritual and Funerary

Location: The chapel lies on the back road from Clynnog to Llanllyfni, approximately 700m from its junction with the A499 just N of the village centre.

County: Gwynedd

Town: Caernarfon

Community: Clynnog

Community: Clynnog

Locality: Clynnog-fawr

Traditional County: Caernarfonshire

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The Calvinistic Methodist chapel, Eglwys Ebenezer, was built in 1843, but remodelled or rebuilt in 1907, the date to which much of the interior fittings belong. Robert Roberts the quarryman became an influential preacher in the earlier Methodist chapel at Clynnog in the early C19, and later, Ebenezer Thomas, Eben Fardd, held a school at the chapel which was rebuilt in his time after he had rejoined the Methodist chapel.


The chapel is built of snecked squared granite, with a slate roof, set gable end to the road. In front a lower porch with ashlar stone parapet and a central gabled arch on sturdy pilasters in a Classical style. Panelled double doors, and narrow paned slit windows each side. In the gable end, set back above the porch, a stone Palladian window lighting the body of the chapel, and above, a circular window, the upper half architraved. The side elevation is of 4 window bays, extending back to the adjoining manse. 24-pane sash windows with arched heads, and a chamfered plinth.


Behind the facade there is a transverse lobby full width with two doors giving access to the two aisles of the chapel. The floor is slightly raked, with rendered and lined walls, and a boarded ceiling panelled in 12 bays with 2 ventilation roses. Boarded dado. The set fawr is defined by a panelled enclosure with a galleried top register and rounded corners. Within, cushioned benches around the raised pulpit with steps either side. Behind the pulpit a Classical reredos consisting of fluted Corinthian pilasters carrying an entablature and segmental pediment. Within the central arched feature a fan motif. To either side large brass lamps on brackets. The three banks of pews have a central division. A clock on the rear wall faces the preacher. All joinery is of ginger-stained pine. To the rear of the body of the chapel a small transverse vestry and Sunday school room which continues to the right as the manse.

Reasons for Listing

Included as a well preserved chapel, part of an interesting group which includes the manse, the school, and the master's house, which together are of group value forming a cultural-architectural group with the chapel as its centrepiece, set a little outside the village centre.

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Other nearby listed buildings

  • II Ty Capel
    The chapel and the adjoining house stand on the back road from Clynnog to Llanllyfni, a little to the N of the village centre.
  • II Schoolroom and Schoolhouse
    The school and master's house stand in line with Capel Ebenezer and Ty-capel, in Upper Clynnog.
  • II The Coach Inn
    The inn stands beside a raised section of the old line of the main Caernarfon to Llanaelhaearn road, in the centre of Clynnog village.
  • II Post Office
    The shop is set on a cut-off section of the main road, SW of the Coach Inn, and on the corner of a minor road into the hills at the rear.
  • II Lychgate to the churchyard of the Church of St Beuno
    The lychgate opens directly off the main road at the centre of the village, and leads into the W corner of the churchyard opposite the E end of the chancel.
  • II The Court House
    The house is immediately outside NE side of the churchyard, facing towards the church.
  • II Bod Cybi
    The house is one of a row of cottages overlooking the churchyard at the centre of the village.
  • II Tomb of Eben Fardd
    The tomb is set in the churchyard on the NE side of the church, close to the gable of the N vestry.

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